Why All Police Are Bad — for Society. Ademo Freeman, Cop Block (2010-12-30).
I'm often questioned about my stance on police which is fine — anyone who knows me is aware that I don't mind sharing my thoughts. Oftentimes during the conversation I'm accused of being a "cop hater" or told that not all cops are bad. I understand the reasoning most people…(Linked Friday 2011-01-14.)
From the Downsize DC Foundation: The Dictator Fallacy. DownsizeDC.org (2011-01-13).
The Downsize DC Foundation’s website, www.DownsizeDCFoundation.org, continues to grow. Today, we bring you one of those articles, from the Our Lexicon category . . . "The Dictator Fallacy" by Jim Babka fal·la·cy – * a misleading or unsound argument. * Logic. any of various types of erroneous reasoning that render…(Linked Saturday 2011-01-15.)
Nothing Natural about It. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2011-01-15).
The sharp historical division between labor and capital ownership is not a natural emergent feature of the market economy but largely the conscious result of government privilege.Atom(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
Two Little Pigs: How Some Cops Get Jail While Others Go Free. Modesto Anarcho (2011-01-16). It’s not that police “protect their own,” exactly. It’s that police protect their power. Rape your step daughter or get plastered and drive your car off the road, and you’re well behind the blue wall. Do something that disrupts command and control within a prison, and the long knives come out. (Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
Kiva Lending Team: Anarchists for Empowerment. tolstoyscat, things along the way (2011-01-11).
Join here: Anarchists for EmpowermentKiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.Anarchists for Empowerment: We loan…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
Mistakes Were Made. Guns Were Pointed. A Family Was Terrorized. Pets Were Threatened. Radley Balko, Gangsters in Blue (2011-01-16).
The DEA has apologized for the wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley that I blogged about last week. Sort of. John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, issued a statement Friday clearing Spring Valley resident David McKay and his family of anything to do…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
Why read about it when you can play? Shelley, MyTech (2011-01-16).
Earlier today I got into a friendly discussion and debate on Twitter about a new web site called W3Fools. The site bills itself as a "W3Schools intervention", and the purpose is to wake developers up to the fact that W3School tutorials can, and do, have errors. The problem with a…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
The state begins in robbery; some patterns of robb… Gary Chartier, Comments on Free Association: Take It to the Limit (2011-01-08).
The state begins in robbery; some patterns of robbery are doubtless spontaneously ordered, but surely others are planned by groups of robbers.Once the state has been established and mechanisms for obtaining power have been regularized, it will surely be unsurprising if people who do obtain power are people who like…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
The Semicolon Wars » American Scientist. www.americanscientist.org (2011-01-16).
I mock the pettiness of these squabbles—and I believe some of them deserve mocking—and yet I don’t want to give the impression that only cosmetic issues are in dispute, or that programming languages are really all alike under the skin. On the contrary, what’s most fascinating about programming languages is…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
Let a million bookmarks bloom. l.m.orchard, 0xDECAFBAD (2010-12-19).
TL;DR: Don't depend on Delicious; host your own, pay for it elsewhere, or hope for the best. Use real-time feeds to stitch the bookmarking diaspora back together into topical aggregate indexes. In the last entry, I wrote about why my use of Delicious has dropped over time, and what I've…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-16.)
Bye-Bye for IP. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-05-20).
Another blast from the past, out of the same box: I believe this letter to the Durham-based Independent Weekly was published, in some form at any rate. 3 February 1995 To the Editor: The copyright hassles of Blaise Faint (Independent Weekly 2/1/95) [2010 note: alas, I no longer recall what…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-22.)
Uncle Grady Still Has a Gun. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-05-22).
The following letter appeared in today's Opelika-Auburn News; it's a rejoinder to a recent reply to my "Uncle Grady" letter. To the Editor: Carol Robicheaux (May 15) accuses me of hubris, hypocrisy, and naivety for my preference for voluntary modes of social organization over coercive ones – as though personal…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-22.)
How Walter Williams Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the State. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-05-22).
Walter Williams asks (CHT LRC): There are close to 7 billion people on our planet. I'd like to know how the libertarians answer this question: Does each individual on the planet have a natural or God-given right to live in the U.S.? ... I believe most people, even my open-borders…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-22.)
05/21/10 PHD comic: ‘If only’ PHD Comics (2010-05-23).
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com title: "If only" – originally published 5/21/2010 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!(Linked Sunday 2010-05-23.)
Infrastructures. xkcd.com (2010-05-20). (Linked Sunday 2010-05-23.)
I’m a criminal and so are you. Tennyson McCalla, Tennyson McCalla's Facebook Links (2010-05-21).
I’m a criminal and so are youSource: www.cnn.comWho am I? How do I identify? Â Â [H/T Jo Hastings. This is good stuff.]”Lately, I’ve been telling people that I’m a criminal. This shocks most people, since I don’t ‘look like’ one. I’m a fairly clean-cut, light-skinned black woman with fancy degrees from Vanderbilt…(Linked Sunday 2010-05-23.)
Julian Heicklen's 2010-05-14 Progress Report. bile, blog of bile (2010-05-15).
FIJA DISTRIBUTIONS MAY 10–14, 2010 1. FIJA Demonstration in Trenton, NJ, 5/10/10 Jim Babb, George Donnelly, and I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 402 E. State Street in Trenton, NJ, at 11:40 am on Monday, May 10, 2010. It was a sunny, but chilly and mildly windy…(Linked Sunday 2010-05-23.)
And they moved to Stars Hollow and lived happily ever after. Jill, I Blame The Patriarchy (2010-05-16).
This post would have appeared earlier, but I only just now got the gore and debris cleaned up. I allude to the obstreperal lobe tissue dripping from the bunkhouse rafters. That's right, I blew another lobe, and no doubt you did, too, when you heard about the insane bill that…(Linked Sunday 2010-05-23.)
Counter Culture. Neverfox, Anarchoblogs in English (2010-05-23).
Allison Kilkenny writes: The free market can't provide solutions to many social problems. As Oliver Willis (sarcastically) put it, "instead of boycotting [the] bus, rosa parks should have been an entrepreneur and started her own bus service. let the market decide." Therein lies the problem with Libertarian [sic] philosophy. Social…(Linked Monday 2010-05-24.)
The Revolution Will Be On YouTube (Cont’d): Darian Worden, “Libertarians Are Left” at Alternatives Expo
The Alternatives Expo is an agorist confab, marketplace, and series of workshops that’s held in parallel to Liberty Forum. (It’s actually where I spent the majority of time while I was in New Hampshire.) Here’s one of the talks I had the pleasure to attend, from New Jersey ALLy (and all-around rad dude) Darian Worden, talking about libertarianism as a form of radical Leftism:
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 1)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 2)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 3)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 4)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 5)
- The Breaking Windows Fallacy. Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-03-24). The only thing I’d differ from Jesse on is that I’m not actually sure that Democratic Party offices count as “private property” in the sense that individualists are out to defend it. But I am pretty sure that this is a stupid way to try and handle political controversies. And I’ll second the recommendation for Gene Sharp’s “198 Methods.” (Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- The U.S. Patent System vs. Innovation. John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2010-03-03).
Eric Von Hippel, professor of technological innovation at MIT, in an interview with The New York Times: "It's a bad scene right now. The social value of patents was supposed to be to encourage innovation — that's what society gets out of it. The net effect is that they decrease…(Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- @@e2;20ac;2dc;No Dashes or Spaces' Hall of Shame. Daring Fireball (2010-03-24). There is no reason ever to force your user to remove spaces or dashes from a credit card number or a phone number. Not being able to s/[^0-9]+// is sheer barbarism. (Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- Darian Worden speaks about left libertarianism @ 2010/03 Alt Expo. bile, blog of bile (2010-03-22).
Speaker: Darian Worden Speech: Libertarians are Left Affiliations: Alliance of the Libertarian Left, Center for a Stateless Society, Thinking Liberty Website: http://darianworden.com Event: AltExpo #5 Date: 2010/03/19 No related posts.(Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- Domestic Abuse. Daily Brickbats (2010-03-24). You got served and protected. (Cont’d.) (Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- gruber: .@ceolaf Why not movie plots too? Should Hitchcock have been awarded patent for "Innocent Protagonist Accused of Crime He Didn't Commit"? Twitter / gruber (2010-03-25). View tweets tagged “Don’t Give Them Any Ideas” … (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- shelleypowers: Happy Ada Lovelace Day to the women who kick butt in technology AND to the men who respect and appreciate us. Twitter / shelleypowers (2010-03-25). (Observed 24 March 2010.) (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- the contrast devloped by david brooks, among others, between. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2010-03-20).
the contrast devloped by david brooks, among others, between communitarianism and libertarianism, is tendentious. unless you're intention is to build a community through coercion – which is indeed the secret center of communitarianism – they are perfectly compatible. and if you think you can build a community through coercion, i…(Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- Google Alleges That Viacom @@e2;20ac;2dc;Secretly Uploaded Its Content to YouTube, Even While Publicly Complaining About Its Presence There' Daring Fireball (2010-03-25). “For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its contentto YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site.” You could read this as a story about the hypocrisy and unmitigated gall of the copyright monopolists. I prefer to read it as a story about how a flourishing countereconomy gives even the aggressive sort of ideological statists a positive incentive to work towards promoting the free world in practice. Not even a massive copyright monopolist like Viacom can afford to abstain from the anti-copyright countereconomy. Not because they agree with it politically, but for reasons of business, pure and simple. (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- @@e2;20ac;2dc;They're Cops; They're Going to Beat You' LewRockwell.com Blog (2010-03-25). You got served and protected. (Cont’d.) Keep in mind that when a gang of blue-bangers starts beating on you in a public place in front of God and everyone, you’re still better off not calling 911: if you do, they’ll only send reinforcements. (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- Consistency. John Markley, The Superfluous Man (2010-03-10).
One of the stories that been in the news is the DUI arrest of California State Senator Roy Ashburn, a consistent opponent of gay marriage, as he departed a gay bar with a male companion. Ashburn has subsequently acknowledged in the media that he’s gay, saying that he votes as…(Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- I Survived a Free Market Meal. Ryan W. McMaken, LewRockwell.com Blog (2010-03-23).
There's a Hispanic person who comes around my building during the day and sells burritos out of a cooler for $2.50. I'm pretty sure they're made by his wife (or other relative) in his kitchen. It's an all cash business. So, I can only guess that this food is prepared…(Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
The Revolution Will Be Made Of People: Anarchy, Direct Action, and Free-Market Social Justice
Freedom is not a conservative idea. It is not a prop for corporate power and the political-economic statist quo. Libertarianism is, in fact, a revolutionary doctrine, which would undermine and overthrow every form of state coercion and authoritarian control. If we want liberty in our lifetimes, the realities of our politics need to live up to the promise our principles — we should be radicals, not reformists; anarchists, not smaller-governmentalists; defenders of real freed markets and private property, not apologists for corporate capitalism, halfway privatization or existing concentrations of wealth. Libertarianism should be a people's movement and a liberation movement, and we should take our cues not from what's politically polite, but from what works for a revolutionary people-power movement. Here's how.
With many thanks to Antonio from blog of bile, here is a recording of the talk and the Q&A session that followed. (Split into 10 minute segments, as per YouTube constraints.) A couple of quick notes before we begin:
Props where props are due. I intended to mention this in the talk, but barrelled through without remembering to. The story that I told at the beginning, about the Spokane Free Speech Fight of 1909-1910 is a story that I first heard through the late, great Utah Phillips, and he got it from FW Herb Edwards, who was there in Spokane working in logging at the time. I told the story just about the way Utah told it (and he says he was telling it just about the way he heard it from Herb Edwards, minus the Norwegian accent). If you want to hear Utah’s version of it, it’s Track 5,
Direct Action, on Fellow Workers, the second album he put out in collaboration with Ani DiFranco.
Time constraints forced me to skip over a substantial portion towards the end of the talk, which was largely concerned with methods. If I had it to do over again, I would have spent less time on opening matters and the case against minarchism, and spent more time (as I originally hoped to) talking about why libertarians should not waste time or energy on voting, parties, paper constitutions, nationalist politics, or conservative mythology about
Founding Fathersor the stupid slave empire so often passed off as a Republic; and would also have talked about how partisan politics punishes radicalism and rewards compromise (hence, effectively, locking us into the statist quo), whereas direct action politics rewards principle, radicalism, and political courage. Ah well; next time, next time.
Now, on with the show:
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 1 of 9.
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 2 of 9.
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 3
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 4
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 5
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 6
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 7 — Q&A
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 8 — Q&A
The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 9 — Q&A
More left-libertarian material from the Liberty Forum coming soon as I collect it. Expect to hear a bit more from me, and to see and hear from Darian Worden and other ALLies and agorists gathering in the Shire.